African Union Must Intervene in Abduction of Nigerian Girls

15 May 2014.



The IFP Women Brigade calls on the AU Commission to step up efforts to ensure that the school children kidnapped by Boko Haram are released.


“We fear that these young girls will be sold as sex slaves and even raped by the extremist group. If they return home, they could be traumatised and stigmatised if they are known to have been raped or impregnated by their abductors,” said IFP Women Brigade National Chairperson, Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha Mthethwa. Human rights organisations, law enforcement and UNICEF must try their best to make sure that these children are returned to their families.


“Attacks on children and targeting schools are prohibited under international law and cannot be justified under any circumstance. The Nigerian government must do all it can to ensure the safe return of the girls” said KaMadlopha Mthethwa.


The IFP Women Brigade calls on the Heads of African States to urgently call a meeting to discuss the issue of how they can address the scourge of kidnappings in sub-Saharan Africa.


Issued by:

Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha Mthethwa,

IFP Women Brigade National Chairperson, 079 114 3015


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Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675